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~ News 2015 ~

FOUR DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday morning, 17 December 2015, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate decrees regarding:

T. Bojaxhiu G. Ambrosoli A. Lanzuela H. Hahn

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed ANJËZË GONXHE BOJAXHIU (in religion: TERESA), founder of the Congregations of the Missionaries of Charity (Sisters, Brothers and Fathers); born on 26 August 1910 in Skopje (then in Albania; now in the Republic of Macedonia) and died on 05 September 1997 in Kolkata (a.k.a. Calcutta), West Bengal (India); beatified on 19 October 2003;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God gIUSEPPE amBROSOLI, professed priest of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus; born on 25 July 1923 in Ronago, Como (Italy) and died on 27 March 1987 in Lira (Uganda);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God LEONARDO LANZUELA MARTÍNEZ (in religion: ADOLFO), professed religious of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Brothers); born on 08 November 1894 in Cella, Teruel (Spain) and died on 14 March 1976 in Zaragoza (Spain); and

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God HEINRICH HAhN, layperson of the diocese of Aachen; married; born on 29 August 1800 in Aachen (Germany) and died there on 11 March 1882 .

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

18/12/2015


Seventeen DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - On Monday, 14 December 2015, Pope Francis received Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in a private audience. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate decrees regarding:

M.E. Hesselblad V. Bukovinskij C. Crostarosa C. Santocanale I. Mela A. Ramazzotti J.  Vithayathil J. Arizmendiarrieta
G. Schiavo V. Quadri W. Gagnon T. de Saldanha M.E. Riquelme M.E. Ayerbe E. Kalb N. Wolf T. Olivelli

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Blessed Maria Elisabetta Hesselblad, founder of the Order of the Most Holy Savior of Saint Bridget (Bridgettine Sisters); born on 04 June 1870 in Flågavik, Västra Götaland (Sweden) and died on 24 April 1957 in Rome (Italy); beatified on 09 April 2000;

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Servant of God VLADISLAV BUKOVINSKIJ, priest of the diocese of Karaganda; born on 22 December 1904 in Berdychiv, Zhytomyr (Ukraine) and died on 03 December 1974 in Karaganda (Kazakhstan); declared venerable on 22 January 2015;

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God GIULIA CROSTAROSA (in religion: MARIA CELESTE OF THE HOLY REDEEMER), founder of the Nuns of the Order of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptoristine Nuns); born on 31 October 1696 in Naples (Italy) and died on 14 September 1755 in Foggia (Italy); declared venerable on 03 June 2013;

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Carolina Santocanale (in religion: Maria OF JESUS), founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Immaculata of Lourdes; born on 02 October 1852 in Palermo (Italy) and died on 27 January 1923 in Cinisi, Palermo (Italy); declared venerable on 01 July 2000;

-  a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Itala Mela, layperson of the diocese of La Spezia; member of the Oblates of Saint Benedict; born in La Spezia (Italy), 28 August 1904, and died there 29 April 1957; declared venerable on 12 June 2014;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Angelo Ramazzotti, patriarch of Venice; founder of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions; born on 03 August 1800 in Milan (Italy) and died on 24 September 1861 in Crespano del Grappa, Treviso (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Joseph Vithayathil, priest of the eparchy of Irinjalakuda; founder of the Congregation of Sisters of the Holy Family; born on 23 July 1865 in Puthenpally, Ernakulam (India) died on 08 June 1964 in Kuzhikkattussery, Thissur (India);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God José María Arizmendiarrieta MADARIAGA, priest of the diocese of San Sebastián; born on 22 April 1915 in Markina-Xemein, Vizcaya (Spain) and died on 29 November 1976 in Arrasate-Mondragón, Guipúzcoa (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Giovanni Schiavo, professed priest of the Congregation of Saint Joseph (Josephites of Murialdo); born on 08 July 1903 in Sant’Urbano de Montecchio Maggiore, Vicenza (Italy) and died on 27 January 1967 in Caxias do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Antonio Quadri (in religion:  Venanzio Maria), professed cleric of the Order of the Servants of Mary; born on 09 December 1916 in Vado di Setta, Bologna (Italy) and died on 02 November 1937 in Rome (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God William Gagnon, professed religious of the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of God; born on 16 May 1905 in Dover, New Hampshire (United States) and died on 28 February 1972 in Hồ Chí Minh City (formerly Saigon) (Vietnam);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Teresa Rosa Ferdinanda de Saldanha Oliveira e Sousa, founder of the Dominican Sisters of the Portuguese Congregation of Saint Catherine of Siena; born on 04 September 1837 in Lisbon (Portugal) and died there on 08 January 1916;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God María Emilia Riquelme Zayas, founder of the Institute of the Missionaries of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Mary Immaculate; born on 15 August 1847 in Granada (Spain) and died there on 10 December 1940;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Salustiana Antonia Ayerbe Castillo (in religion: María Esperanza of the Cross), cofounder of the Augustinian Recollect Missionary Sisters; born on 08 June 1890 in Monteagudo, Navarra (Spain) and died there on 23 May 1967;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Helena Kalb (in religion: Emanuela Maria Magdalena), professed religious of the Congregation of Canonesses of the Holy Spirit of Sassia; born on 12 August 1899 in Jarosław (Poland) and died on 08 January 1986 in Kraków (Poland);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God NIKLAUS WOLF VON RIPPERTSCHWAND, layperson of the diocese of Basel; married; born on 01 May 1756 in Neuenkirch, Luzern (Switzerland) and died on 18 September 1832 in Sankt Urban, Luzern (Switzerland); and

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Teresio Olivelli, layperson of the diocese of Vigevano; born on 07 January 1916 in Bellagio, Como (Italy) and died on 17 January 1945 at the concentration camp in Hersbruck, Nürnberger Land (Germany).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

16/12/2015


EIGHT DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 30 September 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding:

V. Palencia G. Folci F. Blachnicki J. Rivera M. Martín A. Losito B. Frey H. Chrzanowska

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God VALENTÍN PALENCIA MARQUINA, priest of the archdiocese of Burgos; born on 26 July 1871 in Burgos (Spain), and 4 COMPANIONS, who were killed in odium fidei on 15 January 1937 in the vicinity of Suances, Cantabria (Spain) during the religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIOVANNI FOLCI, priest of the diocese of Como and founder of the Work of the Divine Prisoner; born on 24 February 1890 in Cagno, Como (Italy) and died on 31 March 1963 in Valle di Colorina, Sondrio (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God FRANCISZEK BLACHNICKI, priest of the diocese of Katowice; born on 24 March 1921 in Rybnik (Poland) and died on 27 February 1987 in Carlsberg, Bad Dürkheim (Germany);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JOSÉ RIVERA RAMÍREZ, priest of the archdiocese of Toledo; born on 17 December 1925 in Toledo (Spain) and died there on 25 March 1991;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MANUEL MARTÍN DEL CAMPO, priest of the archdiocese of Xalapa; born on 14 December 1917 in Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco (Mexico) and died on 13 August 1996 in Xalapa, Veracruz (Mexico);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ANTONIO FILOMENO MARIA LOSITO, professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists); born on 16 December 1838 in Canosa di Puglia, Bari (Italy) and died on 18 July 1917 in Pagani, Salerno (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ERSILIA PENELOPE FREY (in religion: MARIA GIUSEPPA BENEDETTA), professed religious of the Order of Cistercian Nuns; born on 06 March 1836 in Rome (Italy) and died on 10 May 1913 in Viterbo (Italy); and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God HANNA CHRZANOWSKA, layperson of the diocese of Kraków and member of the Oblates of the Order of Saint Benedict; born on 07 October 1902 in Warsaw (Poland) and died on 29 April 1973 in Kraków (Poland).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

01/10/2015


DECREE OF MARTYRDOM PROMULGATED

VATICAN CITY - In the morning of 8 August 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate the decree regarding the martyrdom of the Servant of God:

YA‘QŪB MELKĪ (in religion: FLABY’ANŪS MYKH’AYL)

professed priest of the Fraternity of Saint Ephrem; eparch of Gazireh of the Syrians

born in 1858 in Kalat’ül Mara, Mardin (Turkey)

killed in odium fidei on 29 August 1915 in Cizre (a.k.a. Jazīrat Ibn ʿUmar) (Turkey)

 

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

08/08/2015


EIGHT DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - In the afternoon of 16 July 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding:

A. Sheptyts’kyi G. Carraro A. Ramírez S. Maresca M.R. Aguilar M.T. Dupouy E. Miceli I. Méndez

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ROMAN OLEKSANDR MARIA SHEPTYTS’KYI (in religion: ANDREI), professed priest of the Basilian Order of Saint Josaphat; archeparch of Lviv of the Ukrainians and metropolitan of Halyč; born on 29 July 1865 in Prylbychi, Lviv (Ukraine) and died on 01 November 1944 in Lviv (Ukraine);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIUSEPPE CARRARO, bishop of Verona; born on 26 June 1899 in Mira, Venice (Italy) and died on 30 December 1980 in Verona (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God AGUSTÍN RAMÍREZ BARBA, priest of the diocese of San Juan de los Lagos and founder of the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Lord of Mercy; born on 27 August 1881 in San Miguel el Alto, Jalisco (Mexico) and died on  04 July 1967 in Tepatitlán, Jalisco (Mexico);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ANIELLO FRANCESCO SAVERIO MARESCA (in religion: SIMPLICIANO OF THE NATIVITY), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts; born on 11 May 1827 in Meta di Sorrento, Naples (Italy) and died on 25 May 1898 in Rome (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARÍA DEL REFUGIO AGUILAR TORRES de CANCINO, founder of the Congregation of the Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament; born on 21 September 1866 in San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato (Mexico) and died on 24 April 1937 in Mexico City (Mexico);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARIE-CHARLOTTE DUPOUY BORDES (in religion: MARÍA TERESA), professed religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and founder of the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and of Mary; born on 06 May 1873 in Saint-Pierre d’Irube, Pyrénées-Atlantiques (France) and died on 26 May 1953 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ELISA MICELI, founder of the Institute of the Rural Catechist Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born on 12 April 1904 in Longobardi, Cosenza (Italy) and died on 19 April 1976 in Frascati, Rome (Italy); and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ISABEL MÉNDEZ HERRERO (in religion: ISABEL OF MARY IMMACULATE), founder of the Congregation of the Servants of Saint Joseph; born on 30 August 1924 in Castellanos de Moriscos, Salamanca (Spain) and died on 28 December 1953 in Salamanca (Spain).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

17/07/2015


ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

VATICAN CITY - At 10:00 a.m. today, in the Consistory Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, during the celebration of midmorning prayers, Pope Francis held an ordinary public consistory for the canonization of Blesseds:

  • VINCENZO GROSSI, priest of the diocese of Lodi and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory;

  • MarÍA Isabel Salvat Romero (in religion: MarÍa de la PURÍSIMA OF THE CROSS), professed religious and superior general of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; and,

  • LOUIS MARTIN and MARIE-AZÉLIE GUERIN MARTIN, married couple.

The Holy Father decreed that these Blesseds will be inscribed in the catalog of saints on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

27/06/2015


EIGHT DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday, 5 June 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Holy Father authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding:

F.d.P. Victor L. Szczęsna F. Tarres J. T. Tiến A. Celona O. Zanon M. Labor A. Lalía

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God FRANCISCO DE PAULA VICTOR, priest of the diocese of Campanha; born on 12 April 1827 in Campanha, Minas Gerais (Brazil) and died on 23 September 1905 in Três Pontas, Minas Gerais (Brazil); heroic virtues confirmed on 10 May 2012;

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God KLARA SZCZĘSNA (in religion LUDWIKA), cofounder of the Congregation of the Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus; born on 18 July 1863 in Cieszki, Lubowidz, Żuromin (Poland) and died on 07 February 1916 in Kraków (Poland); heroic virtues confirmed on 20 December 2012;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God MARTÍ TARRÉS PUIGPELAT (in religion: FREDERIC FROM BERGA), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins; born on 08 October 1877 in Berga, Barcelona (Spain), and killed in odium fidei on 17 February 1937 in Barcelona (Spain); and 25 COMPANIONS from the Order of Friars Minor Capuchins, priests and religious, who were killed in odium fidei from 1936 to 1937 during the religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God JOSEPH THẠO TIẾN, priest of the diocese of Thanh Hoá; born on 05 December 1918 in Ban Ten, Muang Xôi, Houaphan (Laos), and killed in odium fidei on 02 June 1954 in Ban Talang, Houaphan (Laos), and 10 COMPANIONS from the Paris Foreign Missions Society and the Congregation of Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, along with with 4 LAYPERSONS killed in odium fidei from 1954 to 1970 in Laos;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ANTONIO CELONA, priest of the archdiocese of Messina and founder of the Congregation of the Handmaids of Reparation of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born on 13 April 1873 in Ganzirri, Messina (Italy) and died there on 15 October 1952;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God OTTORINO ZANON, priest of the diocese of Vicenza and founder of the Pious Society of Saint Cajetan; born on 09 August 1915 in Anconetta (Italy) and died on 14 September 1972 in Brescia (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARCELLO LABOR, priest of the diocese of Trieste; born on 08 July 1890 in Trieste (Italy) and died there on 29 September 1954; and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God RACHELE LALÍA (in religion: MARIA ANTONIA OF THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS), founder of the Congregation of the Missionary Dominican Sisters of San Sisto; born on 20 May 1839 in Misilmeri, Palermo (Italy) and died on 09 April 1914 in Ceglie Messapica, Brindisi (Italy).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

06/06/2015


CONFIRMATION OF VOTE AND ELEVEN DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - On Tuesday, 5 May 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Thoj Xyooj Paj Lug
J. Serra V. Grossi P. Salvat G. Abbondo M. Vergara Thoj Xyooj P.

J. Vera A. Antić G. Colbert B. Postorino R. Martínez S. and D. Bernardini

 In the course of the audience, the Holy Father confirmed the affirmative vote of the Ordinary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints on the proximate canonization of Blessed MIGUEL JOSÉ SERRA FERRER (in religion: Junípero), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor; born on 24 November 1713 in Petra, Mallorca (Spain) and died on 28 August 1784 in Monterrey, California (United States); beatified on 25 September 1988.

At the same time, the Holy Father authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes:

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Vincenzo Grossi, priest of the diocese of Lodi and founder of the Institute of the Daughters of the Oratory; born on 09 March 1845 in Pizzighettone, Cremona (Italy) and died on 07 November 1917 in Vicobellignano, Cremona (Italy); beatified on 01 November 1975;

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed MarÍA Isabel Salvat Romero (in religion: MarÍa de la PURÍSIMA OF THE CROSS), professed religious of the Sisters of the Company of the Cross; born on 20 February 1926 in Madrid (Spain) and died on 31 October 1998 in Seville (Spain); beatified on 18 September 2010;

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Giacomo Abbondo, priest of the diocese of Vercelli; born on 27 August 1720 in Salomino, Vercelli (Italy) and died on 09 February 1788 in Tronzano, Vercelli (Italy); heroic virtues confirmed on 09 May 2014;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God Mario Borzaga, professed priest of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, born on 27 August 1932 in Trent (Italy) and THOJ XYOOJ PAJ LUG [PAUL], young layperson of the apostolic vicariate of Luang Prabang, born in 1941 in Kiukatiam, Luang Prabang (Laos), killed in odium fidei in Kiukatiam, Luang Prabang (Laos) around April 1960;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JACINTO Vera, bishop of Montevideo; born on 03 July 1813 aboard a boat on the Atlantic Ocean and died on 06 May 1881 in Pan de Azúcar, Maldonado (Uruguay);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Ante Antić, professed priest of the of the Order of Friars Minor; born on 16 April 1893 in Prvić-Šepurine, Šibensko-Kninska (Croatia) and died 04 March 1965 in Zagreb (Croatia);

- the heroic virtues  of the Servant of God Giulia Colbert Falletti di Barolo, laywoman of the archdiocese of Turin; founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of Jesus the Good Shepherd; born on 26 June 1786 in Maulévrier, Vendée (France) and died on 19 January 1864 in Turin (Italy);

- the heroic virtues  of the Servant of God Brigida Maria Postorino, founder of the Institute of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate; born on 19 November 1865 in Catona, Reggio Calabria (Italy) and died on 30 March 1960 in Frascati, Rome (Italy);

- the heroic virtues  of the Servant of God Rafaela Martínez-Cañavate Ballesteros (in religion: Rafaela MarÍa OF THE EUCHARISTIC JESUS), professed religious of the Order of Capuchin Nuns of Saint Clare; born on 31 March 1915 in Maracena, Granada (Spain) and died on 29 May 1991 in Chauchina, Granada (Spain);

- the heroic virtues  of the Servant of God Sergio Bernardini, layperson of the archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola; married; born on 20 May 1882 in Sassoguidano, Modena (Italy) and died on 12 October 1966 in Verica, Modena (Italy); and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God Domenica Bedonni Bernardini, layperson of the archdiocese of Modena-Nonantola; married; born on 12 April 1889 in Verica, Modena (Italy) and died on 27 February 1971 in Modena (Italy).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

07/05/2015


EIGHT DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Today, 18 March 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate eight decrees regarding :

L. Martin & M.A. Guérin F. Gattola P. Barbarić

M. Aikenhead E. Baldo W. Jaroszewska J. Vázquez O. Bussone

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed LOUIS MARTIN, born on 22 August 1823 in Bordeaux, Gironde (France) and died on 29 July 1894 in Arnières-sur-Iton, Eure (France), and Blessed MARIE-AZÉLIE GUERIN MARTIN, born on 28 August 1877 in Alençon, Orne (France); laypersons of the diocese of of the diocese of Bayeux-Liseux; married; beatified on 19 October 2008;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God FRANCESCO GATTOLA, priest of the archdiocese of Naples; founder of the Congregation of the Daughters of the Most Holy Immaculate Virgin of Lourdes; born: 19 September 1822 in Naples (Italy) and died there on 20 January 1899;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God PETAR BARBARIĆ, novice of the Society of Jesus; born on 19 May 1874 in Šiljevišta, Klobuk, Ljubuški (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and died on 15 April 1897 in Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God MARY AIKENHEAD, founder of the Institute of the Religious Sisters of Charity of Ireland; born on 19 January 1787 in Cork (Ireland) and died on 22 July 1858 in Harold’s Cross, Dublin (Ireland);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ELISA BALDO, widow; cofounder of the Congregation of the Humble Servants of the Lord; born on 29 October 1862 in Gavardo, Brescia (Italy) and died on 05 July 1926 in Brescia (Italy);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JADWIGA JAROSZEWSKA (in religion: WINCENTA OF THE PASSION OF THE LORD), founder of the Congregation of the Benedictine Samaritan Sisters of the Cross of Christ; born on 07 March 1900 in Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland) and died on 10 November 1937 in Warsaw (Poland);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God JUANA VÁZQUEZ GUTIÉRREZ (in religion: JUANA OF THE CROSS), professed religious of the Franciscan Nuns of the Third Order Regular; born on 03 May 1481 in Numancia de la Sagra (a.k.a. Azaña), Toledo (Spain) and died on  03 May 1534 in Cubas de la Sagra, Madrid (Spain); and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ORSOLA BUSSONE, young layperson of the archdiocese of Turin; member of the Focolare Movement; born on 02 October 1954 in Vallo Torinese, Turin (Italy) and died on 10 July 1970 in Ca’ Savio, Cavallino-Treporti, Venice (Italy).

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

18/03/2015


SAINT Gregory OF NAREK - DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH

VATICAN CITY - On Saturday, 21 February 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

 During the same audience, the Holy Father confirmed the affirmative vote of the Plenary Session of the Cardinals and Bishops of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, on the title of Doctor of the Universal Church which will soon be given to Saint Gregory of Narek, monk and priest, born in Andzevatsik (then in Armenia, now Turkey) at about 950 and died in Narek (then in Armenia, now Turkey) at about 1005.

 Saint Gregory of Narek [Գրիգոր Նարեկացի (Grigor Narekatsi)] is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. He came from a line of scholars and churchmen. He received his education under the guidance of his father, Bishop Khosrov, author of the earliest commentary on the Divine Liturgy, and from Anania Vartabed, abbess of Narek Monastery. He and his two brothers entered monastic life at an early age, and Saint Gregory soon began to excel in music, astronomy, geometry, mathematics, literature, and theology.

 He became a priest at the age of 25 and dedicated himself to God. He lived most of his life in the monastery of Narek, where he taught at the monastic school. Saint Gregory began his writings with a commentary on the “Song of Songs,” which was commissioned by an Armenian prince. Despite his reservations that he was too young for the task, the commentary became famous for its clarity of thought and language and its excellence of theological presentation. He also wrote a number of famous letters, sharagans, treasures, odes, melodies, and discourses. Many of his prayers are included in the Divine Liturgy celebrated each Sunday in Armenian Churches around the world.

 Saint Gregory’s masterpiece is considered to be his Book of Lamentations. Also known as Narek, it is comprised of 95 prayers, each of which is titled Conversation with God from the depth of the heart. A central theme is man’s separation from God, and his quest to reunite with Him. Saint Gregory described the work this way: “Its letters like my body, its message like my soul.” He called his book an “encyclopedia of prayer for all nations.” It was his hope that it would serve as a guide to prayer for people all over the world. After the advent of movable type, the book was published in Marseille in 1673, and has been translated into at least 30 languages.

 Saint Gregory of Narek is remembered by the Armenian Church on 13 October of each year.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

23/02/2015


ORDINARY PUBLIC CONSISTORY

VATICAN CITY - At 11 a.m. today in the Vatican Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated an Ordinary Public Consistory during which he created twenty new cardinals.

 At the end of the rite, Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, addressed the Holy Father to request that three Blesseds be inscribed in the Book of Saints:

  • ÉMILIE DE VILLENEUVE, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception;

  • MARYAM SŪLTANAH DANIL GHAŢŢAS (in religion: MARIE-ALPHONSINE), cofounder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Rosary of Jerusalem of the Latins (Rosary Sisters); and,

  • MARYAM BĀWARDĪ [BAOUARDY] (in religion: MARIE OF JESUS CRUCIFIED), professed nun of the Order of Discalced Carmelites.

The Holy Father decreed that the canonization ceremony for these three, along with Blessed ADELAIDE BRANDO (in religion: MARIA CRISTINA OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION), founder of the Congregation of the Oblation Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament - whose canonization was decided during the Consistory of 20 October 2014 - will take place on Sunday, 17 May 2015.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

14/02/2015


THREE DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Today, 3 February 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate three decrees regarding:

Michal Tomaszek

Zbigniew Adam Strzalkowski
O. Romero M. Tomaszek Z. Strzałkowski A. Dordi G. Bacile

- the martyrdom of the Servant of God ÓSCAR ARNULFO ROMERO GALDÁMEZ, archbishop of San Salvador; born on 15 August 1917 in Ciudad Barrios, San Miguel (El Salvador) and killed in odium fidei on 24 March 1980 in San Salvador (El Salvador);

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God MICHAŁ TOMASZEK, professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual; born on 23 September 1960 in Łękawica, Żywiec (Poland), and ZBIGNIEW ADAM STRZAŁKOWSKI, professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual; born on 03 July 1958 in Tarnów (Poland), both killed in odium fidei on 09 August 1991 in Pariacoto, Ancash (Peru), along with ALESSANDRO DORDI, priest of the diocese of Bergamo and missionary of “Fidei Donum”; born on 23 January 1931 in Gromo San Marino, Bergamo (Italy), and killed in odium fidei on 25 August 1991 toward Riconada, Ancash (Peru); and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God GIOVANNI BACILE, priest of the diocese of Monreale; born on 12 August 1880 in Bisacquino, Palermo (Italy) and died there on 20 August 1941.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

3/02/2015


ELEVEN DECREES Promulgated

VATICAN CITY - Yesterday afternoon, 22 January 2015, Pope Francis received in a private audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, sdb, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, during which he authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:

M.T. Casini F. Oller P. Heredia B. Daswa V. Bukovinskij

A. Schwartz C. Jáuregui T. Gardi L. de Trelles E. Kitahara V. Blanco

- a miracle attributed to the intercession of Venerable MARIA TERESA CASINI, founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Oblate Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus; born on 27 October 1864 in Frascati (Italy) and died on 03 April 1937 in Grottaferrata, Rome (Italy); heroic virtues confirmed on 07 July 1997;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God MARIA DOLORS OLLER ANGELATS (in religion: FIDELA), professed religious; born on 17 September 1869 in Banyolas, Girona (Spain), and killed in odium fidei on 23 September 1936 in Hinojosa del Duque, Córdoba (Spain); and 2 COMPANIONS from the the Institute of the Religious of Saint Joseph of Girona, who were killed in odium fidei in 1936 during the religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War;

- the martyrdom of the Servants of God JULIÁN HEREDIA ZUBÍA (in religion: PIO), professed priest of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance; born on 16 February 1875 in Larrea, Alava (Spain), and killed in odium fidei on 03 December 1936 in Santander, Cantabria (Spain); and 17 COMPANIONS from the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance and the Order of Cistercian Nuns of the Congregation of of Saint Bernard of Spain, priests and religious, who were killed in odium fidei in 1936 during the religious persecution in the Spanish Civil War;

- the martyrdom of the Servant of God TSHIMANGADZO SAMUEL BENEDICT DASWA [BAKALI], layperson of the diocese of Tzaneen; married; born on 16 June 1946 in Mbahe, Limpopo (South Africa) and killed there in odium fidei on 02 February 1990;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God VLADISLAV BUKOVINSKIJ, priest of the diocese of Karaganda; born on 22 December 1904 in Berdychiv, Zhytomyr (Ukraine) and died on 03 December 1974 in Karaganda (Kazakhstan);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ALOYSIUS SCHWARTZ, priest of the archdiocese of Manila; founder of the Congregation of the Sister of Mary and the Congregation of the Brothers of Christ; born on 18 September 1930 in Washington D.C. (United States) and died on 16 March 1992 in Manila (Philippines);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God COÍNTA JÁUREGUI OSÉS, professed religious of the Company of Mary Our Lady; born on 08 February 1875 in Falces, Navarra (Spain) and died on 17 January 1954 in Donostia-San Sebastián, Guipúzcoa (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God TERESA LUISA GARDI, layperson of the diocese of Imola; member of the Secular Franciscan Order; born on 22 October 1769 in Imola, Bologna (Italy) and died there on 01 January 1837;

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God LUIS DE TRELLES NOGUEROL, layperson of the diocese of Zamora; married; founder of the Nocturnal Adoration Society in Spain; born on 20 August 1819 in Viveiro, Lugo (Spain) and died on 01 July 1891 in Zamora (Spain);

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God ELISABETH MARIA KITAHARA SATOKO [エリザベト  マリア 北原怜子], layperson of the archdiocese of Tokyo; born on 22 August 1929 in Tokyo (Japan) and died there on 23 January 1958; and,

- the heroic virtues of the Servant of God VIRGINIA BLANCO TARDÍO, layperson of the archdiocese of Cochabamba; born on 18 April 1916 in Cochabamba (Bolivia) and died there on 23 July 1990.

Posted by:

Charles G. Braganza 

Date:

22/01/2015


 

 


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